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Captain Bernie Gruenblum, Texas Jew and time-machine pilot, gets kidnapped by a torture-loving megalomaniatrix and her incompetent subordinates. In the process of escaping, he and the villians get kicked into the same parallel universe as in Smith's earlier novel, THE PROBABILITY BROACH. To recover his stolen flying saucer/timeship, he makes alliance with a talking coyote, a teenaged female gorilla, and other interesting characters, including three small aliens who think he's God. On top of that, his vehicle falls in love with him and must endure torture in virtual reality while Bernie hunts down the saditrix and her yet more evil romantic interest.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   method of transportation Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Spaceship setting:    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   use of artificial tools    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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